In a $350 million lawsuit over locking users into the iTunes and iPod ecosystem, attorneys for the class-action case accused Apple of deleting music downloaded from an iTunes-rival service in a user's library without notifying the users. For its part, Apple defended its move, stating that it was a security measure and that it didn't want to confuse users.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the plaintiffs in this civil class-action claim that the move stifled competition and damages could be tripled under antitrust laws.
Apple security director Augustin Farrugia defended the company stating that it was due to security issues and to thwart hackers:
A videotaped deposition from late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is expected to also be played in this trial. In an email with Apple software head Eddy Cue, Jobs said:
Additionally, Farrugia said that the company didn't want to confuse users by offering a more detailed explanation of what happened.
Update: John Gruber of Daring Fireball rightly points out:
Source: Wall Street Journal
Mmm how do I get my cut? Sent from the iMore App
You won't. You're not a lawyer working the case. Lol! Sent from the iMore App
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I'm glad it's not just the lawyers I deal with that seem technologically clueless. The message they *seem* to be talking about is the one that prevents you from having two libraries sync to your iPod. As in if I transfer music from PC A to iPod 1, then try to add more from PC B, it says you need to reassociate iPod 1 with PC B and erase the music from PC A. That's done purely for Copyright reasons. I hope these lawyers get their stuff thrown out and charged legal fees. This is purposely worded terribly. They can sue to say "We shouldn't have to erase the music already on it to sync to another PC" but not "I can't read what the screen says, and I just click buttons".
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